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    Remote learning and school districts' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic were in the spotlight Wednesday at a Senate Education Committee and Higher Education Committee joint hearing. The hearing was the latest in the Black Caucus’ agenda-building series of hearings focusing on education, criminal justice and health care. Robin Steans, president of the education...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 27,903 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of Sept. 21 in Illinois, according to the DOL’s weekly claims report released Thursday. While this number is based on advanced estimates, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will be releasing a final number later Thursday. There...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- While the race for a COVID-19 vaccine continues, so does the race to get Illinois out of the red zone for coronavirus cases.Recent data obtained by ABC News shows Illinois had 101 or more cases per 100,000 population last week, the 22nd highest rate in the country. The...
    MELROSE PARK, Ill. (CBS) — Halloween will look a lot different this year around Chicago, as Illinois health officials released guidelines for the holiday. As CBS 2’s Steven Graves reported, the new rules mean haunted houses are getting the news that they should close down. Every night, a haunted house now set up in Melrose...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Wednesday a group of fire chiefs and Illinois state officials came together to announce a new 10-year smoke detector law. The new law requires smoke detectors with a 10-year sealed battery to be installed in all homes built before 1988 or that do not already have hardwired smoke detectors. “The benefit to it...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The group calls itself the White Rabbit Militia. From their hideaway south of metro Chicago, White Rabbit militiamen were stockpiling an arsenal of automatic weapons, bombs, and bullets, preparing for a violent revolution against the federal government according to newly filed court documents. U.S. law enforcement describes the rural Illinois-based group as...
    CHICAGO (CBS Chicago/CBS News) — The first presidential debate on Tuesday night was remarkable for its chaos and confrontation, and for many, a remark by President Donald Trump about a group known as the Proud Boys stood out in particular. On Wednesday, CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey examined what we know about the Proud Boys...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s the way millions of people are voting this year: mail in ballots. A report card just out grades Illinois and surrounding states on whether they’re ready. CBS 2’s Chris Tye reports not every state is getting a high mark. Few of the 50 states operate the same. Chicago has a Super...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois released Halloween guidelines Wednesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Anyone participating in trick-or-treating should maintain social distance and wear proper face coverings; consider leaving individual candies spaced apart outside; trick-or-treat only with household members and wash hands before eating candy, the state said.An alternative to traditional trick-or-treating is to set up in a...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison has tested positive for COVID-19, and will be self-isolating for at least the next two weeks. “Fortunately, I am feeling well with very little symptoms. Upon receiving my positive test results, I immediately contacted anyone that I knowingly came in contact with and encouraged them to be...
    New York sees startling uptick in Covid-19 cases in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods This where to get the best cheap burrito in Miami The start of Western Illinois’ NCAA tournament run in Year 23, continued Welcome back to our simulated dynasty with the Western Illinois Leathernecks in College Hoops 2K8. You can find a full...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — While haunted houses are not allowed in Illinois this Halloween due to the pandemic, public health officials said trick-or-treating, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and other holiday festivities can go forward with some changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued its recommended guidance for Halloween, including...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois released Halloween guidelines Wednesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Anyone participating in trick-or-treating should maintain social distance and wear proper face coverings; consider leaving individual candies spaced apart outside; trick-or-treat only with household members and wash hands before eating candy, the state said.An alternative to traditional trick-or-treating is to set up in a...
    A joint hearing of the Senate Criminal Law and Public Safety Committees on Tuesday took up the subject of drug sentencing reform. The meeting was a subject-matter only hearing, meaning it was for informational purposes and no legislative remedies were proposed or voted upon. Ben Ruddell, criminal justice policy director with the American...
    PALOS PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- Palos Park police are warning the public about a recent unemployment scam.The south suburban police department said thieves tried to collect unemployment benefits from a local business in Palos Park.Those thieves allegedly claimed they were employees at the business, getting $484 a week.Police call this a scam and are now...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A statue of Stephen A. Douglas, a 19th century senator from Illinois who owned slaves and was a longtime nemesis of Abraham Lincoln, has been moved from the state Capitol's lawn into storage, more than a month after a state board ordered its removal.Crews on Saturday used equipment to remove the statue...
    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) will self-isolate for 14 days after a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member tested positive for coronavirus on Monday after experiencing symptoms, the governor’s office said in a Tuesday statement. The person attended events in the state with Pritzker last week and on Sunday.  All other...
    Illinois is the only state in the Midwest not allowing high school football this fall. Some parents and athletes have had enough. A class action lawsuit is being filed this week in DuPage County against the Illinois High School Association seeking for all fall sports around the state to resume. In the lawsuit, the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — With COVID-19 infections rising steadily in the northwest region of Illinois over the past few weeks, Gov. JB Pritzker announced tougher mitigations will go into effect in that part of the state starting Saturday, meaning no more indoor service for bars and restaurants. Last week, Pritzker warned that Region 1 — which...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois public health officials announced 1,362 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 additional deaths Tuesday.The total number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois now stands at 291,001 with 8,637 deaths, the IDPH reported.As of Monday night, 1,535 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, with 363 patients in the ICU and 151 on ventilators.RELATED: Jewel-Osco...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A group of student athletes and parents have sued the Illinois High School Association, demanding the return of fall sports.In their lawsuit, the group claims the guidelines issued by the IHSA moving falls sports like football to the spring violate the IHSA's own bylaws. The plaintiffs claim the "amendments to the IHSA...
    By The Associated Press Here are excerpts of editorials published in Illinois newspapers. September 27, 2020 The Moline Dispatch & The Rock Island Argus Our common purpose The month, we passed the six-month mark for the coronavirus pandemic. It was March 13, when a national emergency was declared and our country ground to a halt....
    CHICAGO — Another 23 people were reported to have died from coronavirus during the past day in Illinois, including a Cook County woman in her 30s. At least 8,637 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois since the pandemic began here, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, which reported 1,362 new cases of...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Fidel Marquez, a politically connected former ComEd executive, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to federal bribery charges, admitting he helped give out jobs, contracts, and payments to allies of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan in an effort to influence legislation beneficial to the utility giant. Marquez, who is cooperating with the federal investigation...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois residents will have 12 chances to visit the Shedd Aquarium for free during the month of October as part of Illinois Resident Free Days.The free visits will look a bit different than in years past with strict COVID-19 safety measures in place to ensure safety.Johnny Ford with the Shedd Aquarium joined...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A statue of Stephen A. Douglas, a 19th century senator from Illinois who owned slaves and was a longtime nemesis of Abraham Lincoln, has been moved from the state Capitol's lawn into storage, more than a month after a state board ordered its removal. Crews on Saturday used equipment to remove...
    Sign up to receive the best of the internet straight to your inbox. Hide Welcome to this week’s “Tech Tuesday” edition of the Internet Insider. This week, TikTok faced a download ban deadline, but the wildly popular app has survived that… for now. Hide Also today: Judge delays Trump’s TikTok download ban Is a...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois public health officials announced 1,362 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 additional deaths Tuesday.The total number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois now stands at 291,001 with 8,637 deaths, the IDPH reported.As of Monday night, 1,535 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, with 363 patients in the ICU and 151 on ventilators.RELATED: Jewel-Osco...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A statue of Stephen A. Douglas, a 19th century senator from Illinois who owned slaves and was a longtime nemesis of Abraham Lincoln, has been moved from the state Capitol’s lawn into storage, more than a month after a state board ordered its removal. Crews on Saturday used equipment to remove...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will quarantine for two weeks after a member of his administration tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced Tuesday. The staff member had attended events with the first-term Democrat all last week including in Chicago, Marion and Marseilles. “Both the governor and the staffer were wearing masks during...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,362 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, as well as 23 additional deaths. The new coronavirus cases reported Tuesday make up nearly 3% of the 45,624 new tests announced by IDPH on Tuesday. The statewide seven-day average positivity rate for Illinois stands at 3.6%,...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A suburban district met Monday night to talk about plans to move to in-person learning.Officials with Oswego District 308 are giving parents the option to stay remote if they want.The move comes as President Trump announced Monday that millions of rapid tests are being deployed to states with the specific goal of...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A lawsuit is soon expected to be filed by some parents in hopes of putting Illinois student athletes back in play. As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported Monday night, the attorney representing a few dozen students said this could mean much more for thousands. It is a fight to let student athletes...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois residents will have 12 chances to visit the Shedd Aquarium for free during the month of October as part of Illinois Resident Free Days.The free visits will look a bit different than in years past with strict COVID-19 safety measures in place to ensure safety.Tickets must be secured ahead of the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois is receiving more than $8 million to help prepare for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced Monday that $6 million will go to the Illinois Department of Public Health and Nearly $2 million to the Chicago Department of Public Health. The money will be used...
    It appears high school football will remain a spring sport as the pandemic continues. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday that he has not been talking with the Illinois High School Association about moving football up to this fall, but it is the state public health officials who made the call, not him. “It...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — As thousands of high school athletes in Illinois sit out this season there is also a monetary cost of three major fall sports — football, boys soccer and girls volleyball — being sidelined. If they thought there was some blackjack luck to being the class of ’21, seniors in high school are folding...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Restrictions aimed at limiting spread of the coronavirus in Chicago's restaurants and bars will ease slightly this week, letting more customers dine and drink indoors. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the decision Monday as Illinois officials said 1,709 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been reported statewide and 13 more people have...
    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said he won't voluntarily testify before a House Special Investigating Committee set for Tuesday in Springfield. The committee is investigating a ComEd bribery scheme that implicated the longtime legislative leader. The scheme was revealed in a deferred prosecution agreement federal prosecutors reached with the utility in July. The...
    A Christian crowdfunding site has raised more than $520,000 to help cover legal fees for Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse. The GiveSendGo site, created shortly after Rittenhouse shot three Black Lives Matters protesters in the Wisconsin city on Aug. 25, killing two, is sponsored by a group called “Friends of the Rittenhouse family,” which is based...
    CHICAGO — On the day Chicago announced it was easing coronavirus restrictions, the state reported 1,709 more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past day and 13 people died. There have now been 8,614 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic. A total of 289,639 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been...
    Nearly half of the seats up for grabs at the Illinois statehouse this election are uncontested. An analysis by The Center Square of statehouse candidate filings to the Illinois State Board of Elections found of the 118 House seats that are up every two years, 52 seats have only one candidate running. That’s 44...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois public health officials announced 1,709 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 additional deaths Monday.The total number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois now stands at 289,639 with 8,614 deaths, the IDPH reported.As of Sunday night, 1,491 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, with 346 patients in the ICU and 135 on ventilators.RELATED: Jewel-Osco...
    Some Illinois voters are going to vote early after they already requested a mail-in ballot, something the Illinois State Board of Elections says is causing “unnecessary paperwork for voters and election judges and creates delays at early voting locations.” “A voter who requests and receives a vote-by-mail ballot but subsequently decides to vote in...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Public health officials on Monday announced 1,709 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, as well as 13 additional confirmed deaths. The new confirmed cases reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health account for 4.2% of the new tests also announced Monday. The statewide seven-day average positivity rate in Illinois stands...
    In a matter of hours, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration changed it’s guidance on hayrides amid concerns over COVID-19, but haunted houses are still prohibited. A state representative says the decision is not based on science and data. Thursday's updated document had initially said: "Amusement rides such as train rides, hay rides, and inflatables...
    LAKE COUNTY, Ind. (WLS) -- A police dog missing from northwest Indiana since Saturday night has been located.The Schererville Police Department posted on social media that a Lake County Sheriff's Department K9 got away from its handler Saturday night.Dax, a Dutch Shepherd wearing a "Sheriff K9" collar, was last seen near White Hawk Country Club...